Guide to the Otto P. Rice letters
Collection number: HMC-0942.
Creator: Rice, Otto P.
Title: Otto P. Rice letters.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Letters from a soldier of the 420th Coast Artillery who served at Fort Raymond and Fort Richardson.
Otto P. Rice was from Pampa, Texas and enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, on June 12, 1941. During World War II, he was stationed at Fort Raymond in Seward, Alaska with Battery E of the 420th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft). In November of 1942, he was transferred to the Alaska Defense Command (ADC) Headquarters at Fort Richardson to work as typist. Otto Rice died in Dallas, Texas, in 2003.
The collection consists of two letters with envelopes written by Otto P. Rice. The first letter, dated November 20th, was sent from Fort Raymond to his parents in Pampas, Texas. In the letter, Rice announces his transfer with friend Winter White from their current post to ADC Headquarters to work as typists. He also mentions a friend, George Fugate, who lives in Anchorage, and a wedding announcement he received. The second letter to his parents is dated November 23rd. In the letter, Rice comments on his recent arrival at ADC Headquarters with White, an attempt to visit Fugate, receiving letters from friends and fellow soldiers, and seeing the northern lights.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives does not have copyright to material in this collection.
Preferred citation: Otto P. Rice letters, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was purchased via Internet auction in 2006.
Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2007. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2015.